Originally posted by susweel:
Originally posted by Paul:
Originally posted by FaithInJH:
I thought he alerted officals. He's just being critisized for not doing enough, but he did say something.
officials and the police; 2 different things I suppose
Its fine that he alerted officials and that probably was the right thing to do initially but when the officials didnt take the matter any further it was Joe's responsibility to make sure the police was brought into this. Paterno is the head man on that football program and all this will come down on him.
Exactly. Paterno's initial reactions were the correct ones to take, to report it to the university officials. The university officials were then suppose to report it to the police, but they did not.
The complaint about Paterno's actions is that he should have realized the university officials weren't doing their job and reported the incident to the police himself. He was not obligated by law to do this, thus he isn't guilty of any crime. Its more about the morally right/wrong thing to do, the right thing was to be pro-active about protecting children, and he was not pro-active about it. Instead, Paterno did the minimal amount of reporting he was required to do.